The Essential D. G. Jones by D. G. JonesThe Essential D. G. Jones by D. G. Jones

The Essential D. G. Jones

byD. G. JonesEditorJim Johnstone

Paperback | September 30, 2016

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In The Essential D. G. Jones, volume editor Jim Johnstone presents a selection of the most important writings of Douglas Gordon Jones, one of the few of Canada's great lyric poets to expertly straddle the line between the modern and postmodern era.

Douglas Gordon Jones was a Canadian writer, translator and critic. Born in 1929 in Bancroft, ON, he studied English Literature in university at McGill and Queen's. He continued his career in academia, teaching at Bishop's University before settling into a post at the Université de Sherbrooke. While there, he co-founded a bilingual lit...
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Title:The Essential D. G. JonesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 8.74 × 5.3 × 0.26 inPublished:September 30, 2016Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889843988

ISBN - 13:9780889843981

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I AnnihilateI annihilate the purple finchin the apple treeit is a winter dawnit is `La Guerre' Henri Rousseausaw charging through the shattered spaceof the Second Empireit is a faintraspberryin the silent cosmosc'est une tachesur la page blancheun cauchemar en rosec'est le Québeclibrea birdc'est çaun oiseau dans un pommierit may fly offbut it won't go awayI neglected to mention the snowPraisethe craft of making buttonsthat we may come apartin stylehorn, pewter, even plasticpray, sirundo this buttonoh, we would clothe the mindin politeness, evenin extremityto button up is seemly, tounbutton, stepseemingly without art intonothing, is grace

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • The Sun is Axeman (1961)
    • Portrait of Anne Hébert
    • Northern Water Thrush
    • Winterkill
    • Odysseus
    • Beautiful Creatures Brief as These
  • Phrases from Orpheus (1967)
    • The Perishing Bird
    • Music Comes Where No Words Are
    • Stevie and Sea
    • The Path
    • The Stream Exposed with All its Stones
  • Under the Thunder the Flowers Light Up the Earth (1977)
    • A Garland of Milne
    • Spring Flowers
    • That's It
    • I Annihilate
    • Winter Comes Hardly
  • A Throw of Particles (1983)
    • Tremor
    • Between Wars
  • Balthazar and Other Poems (1988)
    • The Pioneer as Man of Letters
    • Fatigue at Night
  • The Floating Garden (1995)
    • A Thousand Hooded Eyes
  • Wild Asterisks in Cloud (1997)
    • Singing up the New Century
    • Stumblesong
    • The Cut Back Beds
  • Grounding Sight (1999)
    • Epistolary
    • Grounding Sight
    • Praise
  • Uncollected
    • Ideas of the End of the World
    • Goldfinchen
    • The Docks Have Been Hauled Out
    • Suddenly
  • About D.G. Jones
  • A Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

`Jim Johnstone's very judicious selection of poems from Jones's nine collections teaches us much about the poet apart from his lifelong grounding in nature.'

- Bruce Whiteman - Canadian Notes & Queries